South Sudan

Kiir restores Amum as SPLM Secretary General



Former Secretary General of the SPLM, Pagan Amum, has been handed back his old job by President Salva Kiir.

Amum who arrived in Juba yesterday was reinstated today by members of the National Liberation Council (NLC), consequently taking oath the same evening before the party Chairman, Kiir.

The National Liberation Council spokesperson, Akol Paul, speaking on Tuesday at the State House in Juba, told Radio Tamazuj that Amum will fully assume his office today while a few technical procedures are yet to be finished.

“We have just finished the extraordinary National Liberation Council meeting called by the chairman of SPLM Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit. Today 23th of June, 2015 is a day that will go down in the history of SPLM.”

Akol said this was part of the Arusha Reunification Agreement positive results.

He added: “In the interest of peace, unity, reconciliation and unification, the Chairman of the SPLM party asked the members of NLC to reconsider and revoke the decisions of the dismissal of the SPLM Secretary Comrade Pagan Amum. With this, I will like to inform you the NLC has revoked the decision.”

He said the gesture ends the branding of Amum and colleagues as “Former Detainees” or “G10” faction.

Amum’s group of former cabinet ministers was arrested and detained in Juba following the December 2013 alleged coup plot.

They were later released last year and exiled to Nairobi Kenya.

Earlier considered pro-Riek Machar, the South Sudan rebel chief, G-10 later announced that it did not support him or Kiir.

Weeks back, the group started returning to Juba one after the other to hold consultations with government on how to end the conflict and restore peace.

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